Masdevallia heideri Königer 1981 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Masdevallia

Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, plant grown by Hanging Gardens

Common Name Heider's Masdevallia [German Orchid Enthusiast and Collector in Bolivia 20th cen.]

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in central Bolivia in cloud forests at elevations of 1700 to 2100 meters and is a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with blackish, slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, petiolate, elliptical, subacute leaf that is cuneate below into the blackish petiole that blooms on a slender, suberect, 3/5" to 1 1/5" [1.5 to 3 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and a bract above the base and a floral bract that holds the solitary flower below the leaves.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 3 Luer 2001 drawing fide; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;